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Enlarged Tonsils and Fatigue - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side. Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by infection with a common virus, but bacterial infections also may cause tonsillitis. Because appropriate treatment for tonsillitis depends on the cause, it's important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Tonsillitis means that your tonsils are inflamed or infected. Your tonsils are the large, fleshy glands at the back of your throat one on each side. These glands make antibodies that help fight infection. Tonsillitis caused by these germs is contagious, which means it is usually easily passed from one person to another.
A year-old girl presented with fatigue, weight loss, and dysphagia that began several months earlier. She had restless sleep leading to daytime somnolence and poor school performance, and her family reported loud snoring. Her medical history was unremarkable, except for recurrent upper respiratory tract infections. Physical examination revealed noisy respirations with an open mouth, halitosis, and tonsillar swelling see accompanying figure.